Captain Walsh leads the Kilgobnet surge

Kilgobnet’s Neil Phelan turns away from Kill’s Richie Cullinane.

Kilgobnet’s Neil Phelan turns away from Kill’s Richie Cullinane.

County Junior Intermediate Football (Attached) Final

Kilgobnet 3-13
Kill 1-01

Kilgobnet romped to a facile 18-point victory in the Junior Football Intermediate Attached County Final on Sunday last at Walsh Park.

Kilgobnet captain Paul Walsh raises the cup following their facile win over Kill. 									| Photos: Noel Browne

Kilgobnet captain Paul Walsh raises the cup following their facile win over Kill. | Photos: Noel Browne

Kilgobnet captain and man of the match Paul Walsh gave a master class of score taking contributing 2-9 in all. The talented forward converted two penalties, frees, a sideline and a 45 in a complete set of dead-ball scoring opportunities.

Kill who did very well to overcome De La Salle in the Eastern Final had left their best form behind them and endured a very trying afternoon where they failed to register a single point from play and went 49 minutes before troubling the umpires.

A fitter and more eager Kilgobnet dominated every facet of the game. When Paudie Fahey brought down in the small square Paul Walsh calmly stoked home the resulting penalty for goal number one after 16 minutes.

Walsh repeated the act in the 20th minute when an overworked Kill goalkeeper Brendan Mooney had pulled David Crowther to the ground to make it 2-3 to nil. Joe Curtain reacted quickest when the ball rebounded off the post for goal number three in the 23rd minute, 3-3 to nil and by half time the margin had swelled to 3-5 without reply.

Cormac Power (Kilgobnet) solos away from Kill’s Richie Cullinane.

Cormac Power (Kilgobnet) solos away from Kill’s Richie Cullinane.

Indeed but for a couple of excellent saves from Brendan Mooney the score-line would have been even more severe on the Eastern champions.

Paul Walsh copper fastened his man of the match award with four unanswered points in the third quarter including a beautiful point from a sideline ball and an excellent strike to convert a 45.

Referee Kieran O’Toole was somewhat generous when he awarded Kill a penalty in the 49th minutes after substitute Jim Murphy stumbled in the small square.

Michael O’Brien converted the penalty while veteran Peter Torpey completed the scoring for Kill with a point from a free just before games end.

Paul Walsh was the toast of his parish after this top class performance but had plenty of support from Conor Kavanagh, Cormac Power, Joe Curtain and David Crowther.

Kilgobnet skipper Paul Walsh wheels away after scoring his side’s first goal from a penalty.

Kilgobnet skipper Paul Walsh wheels away after scoring his side’s first goal from a penalty.

Goalkeeper Brendan Mooney was Kill’s top performer in a disappointing showing from Kill’s reserve outfit.

Kilgobnet: James Fennell; Mark Dunford, John Cass, Eddie Cullinan; Conor Kavanagh, JJ Fitzgerald, Tomas Fahey; Neil Phelan, Cormac Power; David Crowther, Joe Curtain, Paul Walsh; Stephen Coffey, Tommy Cullinan, Paudie Fahey.

Substitutes: Philip Curran for Joe Curtain (38 mins), John Murphy for Tommy Cullinan (42), John Moloney for Cormac Power (54), Jimmy Cullinan for Eddie Cullinan (57), John Fennell for Paudie Fahey (59).

Scorers: Paul Walsh (2-9; 2-0 penalty, 0-3f, 0-1’45, 0-1 sideline), Joe Curtain (1-1), David Crowther, Paudie Fahey and Neil Phelan (0-1 each)

Kill’s Ollie St John under pressure from Kilgobnet’s Stephen Coffey at Walsh Park.

Kill’s Ollie St John under pressure from Kilgobnet’s Stephen Coffey at Walsh Park.

Kill: Brendan Mooney; Colm Casey, Peter Kelly, Gerard Mooney; Stephen Kirwan, Mark O’Rourke, Peter Torpey; John Phelan, Davy Gooney; Michael Joseph Queally, Richie Cullinane, Ben Heazle; Ollie St John, Michael O’Brien, David Casey.

Substitutes: Willie Cullinane for Ben Heazle (16 mins), Mark Hennessy for David Casey (HT) and Jim Murphy for Michael Joseph Queally (38 mins),

Scorers: Michael O’Brien (1-0 pen) and Peter Torpey (0-1f).

Referee: Kieran O’Toole (St Paul’s).

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